Private Secretary continued his rise through the ranks to confirm his place on trainer John Gosden’s team for Royal Ascot with a taking success in the British Stallion Studs EBF Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood.
With an outing in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday week having been ruled out, the son of Kingman warmed up for the Royal meeting when completing a hat-trick of wins in the Listed prize.
Settled at the rear of the field by Frankie Dettori during the early stages of the one-mile-three-furlong prize, the 11-10 favourite worked his way into contention before asserting close to the line to score by a neck from Spanish Moon.
The winner was introduced at 6-1 for the King Edward VII Stakes and 14-1 for the St Leger by Paddy Power.
Dettori said: “I had a bad draw so I had to sit last and I was further out of my ground than I wanted to be, but he showed a good turn of foot and won really well in the end.
“He loved the ground and is maturing. He will be a good King Edward VII horse in three weeks’ time. A mile and a half will be ideal.
“I think he will be better on a track like Ascot, but he is learning all the time and he has got a good turn of foot, which is a good weapon to have.”
A step up to a mile and a half for the King Edward VII Stakes is expected to suit Private Secretary, according to connections.
Assistant trainer Thady Gosden said: “He was drawn wide and was pretty slowly away, so there was no point rushing him up there.
“We knew he would hopefully stay the trip well enough and have enough gears to get up there if he could in the straight.
“He is horse that is progressing a lot and every run he has come on for it – mentally he is maturing as well.
“They didn’t go to quick up front, which helped him in the straight.”